Newington auto parts store double shooting suspect arrested
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) - Two people were hurt and one person was arrested following a shooting at an auto parts store in Newington over the weekend.
The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Sherod Hackett, whose last known address was in Montville.
State police said they responded to help Newington police investigate the shooting that happened inside of O’Reilly Auto Parts on the Berlin Turnpike.
A portion of the road was closed off while police investigated.
Police said a man entered the store just before 6 p.m. on Sunday and shot two employees, a pregnant woman and a man.
The victims were transported to Hartford Hospital.
Police gave an update on the victims Monday afternoon. The female victim is in stable condition and the male victim is in critical condition.
The woman told police she had encounters with the suspect before at the store.
Hackett was upset about a car part she had sold to him previously. He later called the store saying he would “show her what kind of problem they were going to have.”
The woman filed a police report, and she is in stable condition.
Eyewitness News learned in court that he has a history of psychological issues.
Hackett appeared before a judge Monday in a wheelchair for his arraignment.
Eyewitnesses reported that they saw the moment officers arrived on scene.
“I wanted to know what happened. I thought something crazy happened,” said Tyler Galvan of Berlin. “They had snipers, riot shields, all that stuff.”
They described it as an intense scene with dozens of police cars from surrounding towns and multiple drones. They searched for a suspect who, at the time, was on the loose.
Hartford, West Hartford, Bristol, and Berlin Police assisted.
The suspect was caught and taken into custody around 8:45 p.m. on Coronado Drive after calls came in from people in the neighborhood.
“It shook up the whole neighborhood because we are a quiet neighborhood here. We’ve never had anything like this happen,” said Tanya Okumura of Newington.
Neighbors in a condo complex said Hackett knocked on a couple residents doors before the cops were called.
“I thought to myself ‘what if I was home and opened the door and this happened to me.’ I probably would have panicked and probably wouldn’t have done the right thing,” Okumura said.
The suspect rang the doorbell of a woman’s condo.
She spoke to Eyewitness News but didn’t want to show her face.
“He had stated to me that he had an argument with his girlfriend and that he was looking to see if I could help him get a taxi or an uber ride. So he can get home. Something kind of just didn’t feel right. I went back inside my house and my daughter stated to me that it just seemed kind of off,” the woman said.
Police have not revealed if they know what led up to the shooting.
Hackett was held on a $1.5 million bond. He was expected to appear in court following his release from the hospital.
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